IKEA is no stranger to dorm rooms and bachelor pads, which is why itâ€™s no surprise that the company sells a whopping 100 million products every year. However, one number that may surprise you is that the furniture retailer uses nearly one percent of the worldâ€™s commercial world supply, according to Pacific Standard. Thatâ€™s 17.8 million cubic yards of lumber.
While this sounds like quite the toll on the worldâ€™s wood supply for items that donâ€™t usually last very long, IKEA is not too bad at making sure its materials are sustainably sourced. 25% of IKEAâ€™s wood is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and the goal is to increase that to 50% over the next five years. Of course the long-term goal is to obtain 100% of its wood from sustainable forests, but itâ€™s all about baby steps.
IKEA also works with several forestry projects such as WWF and Sow a Seed, and last year, store owners unveiled a bold plan to reach 100% renewable energy by 2020 through the People and Planet Positive Plan. These are all ambitious sustainability plans, especially for a store of its massive size. One thing I would love to see them do is create a recycling program for old, broken, or worn out furniture pieces. I know my $10 particleboard end tables arenâ€™t going to last more than a couple years, so Iâ€™d like to see them reused in one way or another.
If youâ€™ve ever bought anything from IKEA, do these numbers surprise you?